Duggar Births: Which Duggar Women Needed Medical Intervention During Labor?

Babies are everywhere in the Duggar household. Now that several of the Duggar kids are married, they are starting their own large families, and with a large family comes lots o/f births. The most recent Duggar kid to announce a pregnancy is Jessa Seewald.  Ben and Jessa are parents to two boys; Spurgeon 3 and Henry, 2.

Now that the cat is out of the bag on her pregnancy all eyes have turned to how she’ll choose to give birth. Jessa, an advocate for home births, was rushed to the hospital in 2015 after giving birth to her first child, Spurgeon. Heavy bleeding led to an emergency blood transfusion and an overnight hospital stay. The birth of her second child was much smoother.

While Jessa’s introduction to motherhood was a bit rocky, she isn’t the only Duggar who has experienced difficult labor or a scary birth experience. Continue reading to find out which Duggar ladies had an easy go at labor, and which ones needed severe medical intervention.

Jill Dillard’s first home birth was a disaster

Jill Dillard was a home birth advocate. She trained and worked as a midwife, so it was evident from the start that she would attempt a homebirth. However, things didn’t go according to plan. Jill received backlash following the airing of her birthing episode on TLC when it became clear she and her midwife were both aware the baby was in trouble long before they moved to the hospital.

Israel was born via c-section after 70 hours of labor. He weighed in at nearly 10lbs and had flipped into a transverse position and experienced fluctuations in his heart rate prior to the emergency c-section, according to People.

Joyanna Forsyth found herself in need of an emergency c-section

Joyanna, just 20 at the time attempted to labor at home with her first child. While she made it 20 hours in the comfort of her own living room, they decided to move to the hospital when the labor was not progressing.

With labor failing to progress, it was suddenly clear that a vaginal delivery was out of the question. Joyanna and Austin’s son was breach and would require immediate intervention. They welcomed a healthy baby boy on February 23, 2018. He weighed over 10lbs, according to People.

Jill Dillard requires a second c-section   

The birth of Jill and Derick’s second son is shrouded in mystery. According to US Magazine, Jill labored for 40 hours before heading to the hospital where Samuel was born via c-section. It took the Dillards nearly two weeks to share the news of Samuel’s arrival, making many questions precisely what happened during the birth.

According to pictures, Samuel had an extended stay in the hospital. The pair have yet to open up about the birth or hospital stay. With the couple no longer taking part in the family’s TLC show, it is unlikely fans will ever get the full story.

Jinger opts for a hospital birth

With Joyanna, Jill, and Jesse having difficult times with the labor and delivery of their children, Jinger considered their experiences when deciding her own birth plan. On the February 11 episode of Counting On, Jinger explained that she was opting for a hospital birth after seeing her sisters’ struggles.

Jinger gave birth to a baby girl in July 2018. The birth of Felicity will be featured on the February 18th episode of Counting On.

Future births

While Jessa is likely to opt for another home birth, considering her second delivery went smoothly, many of the other Duggar family members are heading into hospitals to deliver. Joseph Duggar’s wife, Kendra, opted for a hospital birth when she gave birth to their first child, a boy, last year. What the other Duggar family members will choose to do remains to be seen.

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